Saturday, September 13, 2014

mid September gleanings

We have had a period of dry warmish weather, and all the plants are ageing gracefully without any downpours to knock them over.  Strolling round the garden is a delight, interrupted only by waving the spiders' webs out of the way.  In the early morning sunlight I see long lines of silk attached from the tall oaks and poplar down to the table, pergola, or even to tall stems.  What acrobats - what industrious acrobats these spiders are!

I gathered a few leaves and seed heads (macleaya, geranium, nigella, clematis, fennel, and acanthus) for a mid September scan pressing,
and out of this image isolated a couple of Autumn bookmarks.
I have been entranced by the structure of the acanthus flowers as they grew, blossomed, and are now forming seeds.  From one fallen stem I removed some outer protective elements with which to play - starting with another bookmark.  Ouch! mind those spikes!

 
 



4 comments:

  1. Thanks for more examples of the cropping process & the reminder that one can arrange bits of nature for direct scanning rather than photographing. It's been so long since I've done it that I'd forgotten all about it.

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  2. Scanning can be such a boon when the most interesting bits and pieces are all over the garden rather than beautifully placed together.

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  3. Gorgeous autumn colours and your description of your garden made me think of what awaits us in two weeks' time when we return to the UK. Thanks

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  4. We have been lucky with the weather for a couple of weeks, Eirene, and because it has been a sunny year we should have good colour. Lots for you to look forward to.

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